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Botanical Name of Raw Material: Cymbopogon nardus rendle
Citronella is a grass that mainly grows in some Asian countries and some islands of the South Pacific. It belongs to the family of Poaceae. The product gets its name from its rich, crisp, lemony aroma. The essential oil of citronella is obtained by the steam distillation of the grass of Cymbopogon nardus rendle. Citronella oil has a pale yellow to thick yellow colour, with a crisp, lemony aroma. Major components of the oil are geraniol, citronellol etc. The product is used in insect repellant formulations, perfumery, aromatherapy etc.
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Steam distillation is the technical process applied to recover the heat sensitive compounds from spices. Spice oils are unstable and heat sensitive compounds are present in the spice.
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How is Citronella oil extracted?
From the Poaceae family, Citronella is a grass that mainly grows in certain Asian countries and islands of the South Pacific. It’s known of its distinct rich, crisp and lemony aroma. Citronella essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of the grass of Cymbopogon nardus rendle. It is typically used as a key ingredient in insect repellents. The main components of Citronella Oil are geraniol and citronellol.
What are the colour and aroma profiles of Citronella oil?
An oil-soluble liquid, Citronella oil usually ranges from a pale yellow to deep yellow in colour and has a crisp, lemony fresh aroma.
What is Citronella essential oil used for?
Citronella essential oil is mainly used in fragrance applications, especially in aromatherapy and perfumery. It is also used in insect repellent formulations.
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